As per the Third Party Audit Report on “Station Cleanliness” –Vishakhapatnam and Beas Railway stations have emerged as cleanest stations of India.
Vishakhapatnam Railway stations secured first position in A1 category, whereas Beas Railway station secured top position in A category followed by Khamman railway stations in second position.
As per the index, the railway stations of Guwahati, Varanasi, Mughalsarai and Hazrat Nizamuddin Station have also shown tremendous improvements.
The ranking of A1 and A category stations are one of measures adopted in February 2016 Rail Budget. The ranking of India’s Railway stations are based on regular periodic Third Party Audit and feedback from passengers, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu, said: “This index instills competitive spirit among the stations. The biggest challenge for cleanliness at the platforms are visitors along with the passengers. Even the toilets are used by large number of visitors who are not Railway travellers. However, Railways have to move forward.”
As the occasion, the Minister also launched Swachh Rail portal with an aim to showcase rankings along with methodology adopted for stations and trains specific dashboards.
This web portal will be leveraged to seek passenger feedback on cleanliness on a continual basis, the Minister said said.